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What to watch this weekend: '13 Reasons Why,' 'The Discovery'

Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.

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Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.

Fess up: 13 Reasons Why

Who knew teen fiction could be so morbid? The new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the bestselling novel by Jay Asher, follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school and finds a box addressed to him on his porch. Inside are cassette tapes (do teens know what those are?) recorded by his classmate and crush, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), right. Hannah committed suicide two weeks earlier, and on tape she explains there are 13 reasons why she ended her life. Clay might be one of them. The tapes roughly chronicle the last year of Hannah's life and each side shows how one person played a part in grinding down her will to live. Now streaming on Netflix.

Get there: The Discovery …

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Dylan McDermott, 'Spaceballs' retrospective coming to St. Petersburg's 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival

Dylan McDermott

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Dylan McDermott

When it came time to book guests for this year's Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, organizers turned to one of TV's biggest hunks.

Dylan McDermott (The Practice, American Horror Story) is among the celebrity guests at this year's 12th annual Sunscreen, returning April 27-30 to theaters and venues around downtown St. Petersburg. He'll be on hand supporting the festival's opening-night selection Blind, co-starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore, and web series Sugar, produced in conjunction with students and alumni of the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota.

Another celebrity guest is actress Daphne Zuniga, who will appear at a 30th anniversary screening of the Mel Brooks comedy Spaceballs.

Other highlights at Sunscreen 2017:

-- Albion: The Enchanted Stallion, a family fantasy film starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff, will close the festival.

-- A retrospective screening of 1952's The Greatest Show on Earth to commemorate the closing of the Sarasota-based Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after 146 years. …

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Gallery announces 'Art Zipline' over St. Pete's Warehouse Arts District — just remember it's almost April 1

Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg sent us this photo of its new Art Zipline. A nice Photoshop job?

Duncan McClellan Gallery

Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg sent us this photo of its new Art Zipline. A nice Photoshop job?

Imagine yourself on a zipline. Fun, right? 

Even better, imagine yourself on a zipline over a gallery filled with fragile glass sculptures. Perhaps you've got a nice, fragile piece of glass artwork clutched in your hand as you zip along over the Warehouse Arts District in St. Petersburg. Because nothing enriches an engagement with fine art like combining it with some adrenaline-pumping action sports, right?

That's the essence of the "first-ever Art Zipline," a new zipline over the Duncan McClellan Gallery and connecting to the Arts Xchange, according to a "news release" from the Duncan McClellan Gallery that was sent out this week. 

Yeah, we were a little confused too. Then we saw the end of the gallery's announcement, directing people to visit AprilFools.com for more information.

"The zoning department for the City of St. Petersburg has approved the DMG's plan for the ArtZipline® as yet another unique way to tour St. Petersburg's popular art center!," the announcement reads. "From the Gallery, the program participants will zipline down the Pinellas Trail, whizzing by great sculptures on either side..." …

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Disney wants Beyonce to voice Nala in live-action 'Lion King' remake

Beyoncé during the 59th Grammy Awards at in LA on Feb. 12, 2017. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

(Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Beyoncé during the 59th Grammy Awards at in LA on Feb. 12, 2017. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

A role fit for a queen?

The Lion King, released in 1994 and one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, is one of many Disney animated movies getting a live-action makeover, and Director Jon Favreau wants Beyoncé.

While the upcoming live-action reboot doesn't have a release date yet, Donald Glover is already on board to voice Simba and James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Simba's father, Mufasa.

And according to Variety, the studio wants Beyoncé to voice Nala, the lioness who marries Simba and one day becomes queen. 

The singer is pregnant with twins and had to cancel an upcoming Coachella performance. Favreau is reportedly willing to work around her schedule. 

Beyoncé has not made a decision yet.

If she goes for it, this would be her first film role since Fox's 2013 animated film Epic.

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Winner and loser of the week: Stephen Hawking auditions A-listers for new voice; Cristiano Ronaldo's bust is totally busted

Ronaldo with his creepy statue.

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Ronaldo with his creepy statue.

Winner:

Stephen Hawking. For over 30 years, the English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author has used the same trademark computerized voice. Seems like Hawking was ready for an upgrade, because this past week he auditioned A-list stars to be his new voice in a hilarious video in support of Red Nose Day.

In video auditions for charity, stars like Anna Kendrick, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Miss Piggy and Rebel Wilson all tried to convince Hawking their voice could match his intellect. Even Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for portraying Hawking in The Theory of Everything, auditioned for the role. "So ... what is it? Like a sequel?" he joked.

Hawking offered up funny quips between video auditions, dismissing the mash-up of talent with just plain "no" or "I would sound like an idiot if that was my voice."

John Boyega, one of the stars of Star Wars Episode VII,  said "I feel like I'm the best man for the job. I've been to space before. You talk about space. I've lived it."

It wasn't enough to impress Hawking.

Even Liam Neeson's Taken monologue also wasn't enough to win the gig. …

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Nerd alert: 6 comic cons coming to Tampa Bay, Orlando

Star Wars Celebration is expected to bring nearly 30,000 people to Orlando this year.

Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration is expected to bring nearly 30,000 people to Orlando this year.

Tis the season for cosplay and geeky gatherings. It's comic convention season, and that means for the next five months Tampa Bay and Central Florida host thousands of nerds.

Get your lightsabers, capes, and Batmobiles ready, the fun starts this weekend.

Malooga Con

Saturday and Sunday, the Tampa Convention Center brings together players of all ages for the new Malooga Con.

The convention is an all-local endeavor created by people who saw a lack of focus on gaming in Tampa Bay.

"We started as Malooga Games in 2015," Part owner and spokesperson Chris Gazzanigo said. "But we met some amazing people who wanted it bigger, wanted an event."

The convention is a celebration of types of games, from board games and cards to video games and virtual reality. Malooga Con boasts a 10,000 square-foot gaming arena with Xbox challenges, virtual reality equipment, full-size flight simulators, arcade cabinets and even a foam sword fighting area.

What is it: A Tampa Bay-based gaming convention for fans of all games, from tabletop boards to high tech virtual reality and video games.

Fandom: Any and all gamers. N00bs welcome, we guess.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday …

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Jimmy Fallon brings Vin Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal and Jay Leno to Orlando for taping of 'The Tonight Show'

Jimmy Fallon brings his Tonight Show to Universal Orlando April 3-6, celebrating the opening of Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Universal Orlando

Jimmy Fallon brings his Tonight Show to Universal Orlando April 3-6, celebrating the opening of Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Next week Universal Orlando hosts one of the kings of late night TV, and he's bringing a slew of stars with him.

Jimmy Fallon and his Tonight Show entourage descend on the theme park for a four-day-long celebration of his new ride, Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon's guests for the taping of the NBC show include Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, Flo Rida, Jay Leno and Jason Derulo.

Diesel, Eastwood and Johnson all star in The Fate of the Furious, the eight installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Maybe they'll spill some secrets from the set.

The ride is a 3D attraction giving guests the ultimate Tonight Show experience with show segments like Hashtag the Panda, and then races them through iconic New York City sites like the Statue of Liberty.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon opens April 6. Visit universalorlando.com for more information.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

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Coming to Amazon Prime in April: Hugh Hefner biopic, 'Bosch' Season 3

American Playboy chronicles the life of Hugh Hefner and the iconic Playboy brand he created.

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American Playboy chronicles the life of Hugh Hefner and the iconic Playboy brand he created.

American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story: It seems like everyone is getting a biopic lately. The 13-episode Amazon Original series is inspired by more than 17,000 hours of footage and more than 2,000 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal collection. The series chronicles Hefner's life and his iconic Playboy brand, from postwar America, the launch of Playboy magazine and the over six decades of his career. The series stars Matt Whelan as the bunny-creator himself. April 7

The Handmaiden: The lauded original movie is adapted from the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and stars Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri. The film centers around a scrappy female pickpocket and a charming con man. The thief worms her way into the home of a Japanese heiress as a servant, but her intentions are much more sinister. April 13

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Titus Welliver is Detective Harry Bosch.

Bosch Season 3: The Emmy-nominated series based on Michael Connelly's novels is back for a third season with Detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) a suspect in a murder. April 21 …

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Days left to qualify for Tampa burrito eating championship

This championship belt will be awarded at the El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship.

This championship belt will be awarded at the El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship.

If you're interested in claiming the Tampa Bay area's first championship belt in burrito eating -- yes, it's an actual, physical, WWE-style championship belt -- you've got until Friday to qualify.

The El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship will be held April 6 in observance of National Burrito Day, local Mexican chain restaurant Taco Bus announced.

The eating competition happens at 6 p.m. at the original Taco Bus location at 913 Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa. The fastest competitor to take down an entire, 2.5-pound "El Jefe" burrito (a beast so massive it features two tortillas), will be rewarded with the grand prize, $250 and the championship belt. There are also cash prizes for second through fourth place.

Those who want to compete must qualify before the end of the day Friday by finishing an El Jefe in under 15 minutes at any Taco Bus location, and submitting a qualifier form at the restaurant. Ten qualifiers with the fastest times will be invited to compete on April 6.

You'll have to pay a hefty $12.99 for that hefty El Jefe burrito in order to qualify, though Taco Bus said it will donate a portion of the money raised by the contest to local first responders charities.

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Remember the 'Tampa Sandwich Bar' in Korea? They're coming to Tampa to make Cubans

Geunmin Kang, left, and Hyunmin Cho started the Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.

Tampa Sandwich Bar

Geunmin Kang, left, and Hyunmin Cho started the Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.

Last year, we told you about Geunmin Kang and Hyunmin Cho, the proprietors of Tampa Sandwich Shop, located in Seoul, South Korea. 

They've been serving up Tampa-style Cuban sandwiches since 2015, and they are pretty good, too, according to the reports we got back from our "foreign Cuban sandwich correspondents."

The most amusing thing about Kang and Cho might be that they've never been to Tampa or even tasted a Tampa Cuban. That will all change this weekend when they compete in the Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City.

You can get all the details on the Cuban Sandwich Festival here.

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Coming to Hulu in April: 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Preacher,' 'Johnny Tsunami'

Elisabeth Moss stars in Hulu's newest original series, The Handmaid's Tale.

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Elisabeth Moss stars in Hulu's newest original series, The Handmaid's Tale.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Giving students tips on skipping school since 1986. April 1

Saturday Night Fever: Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, Saturday Night Fever still has you stayin' alive. April 1

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Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer in Preacher.

Preacher Season 1: I stand by my review of the sepia-toned Southern thriller from when it premiered last year: It's crude, offensive, graphic and violent. Yet it's one of the best television adaptations of literature I've seen in years. April 5

Review: Preacher is the supernatural Southern thriller we've been waiting for

Johnny Tsunami: Almost 20 years ago (*spits out drink*) Johnny Tsunami graced the airwaves, giving us ‘90s kids another Disney Channel Original Movie instant classic.Go big or go home! April 19

Wayward Pines Season 2: Two season later, we still aren't quite sure what Wayward Pines is all about. It is an M. Night Shyamalan adaptation, after all. But we definitely love its creepy vibes. April 25 …

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In West Philadelphia born and raised: 'Fresh Prince' cast shares a snapshot reunion

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air '90s sitcom starred Will Smith and aired for six seasons on NBC.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air '90s sitcom starred Will Smith and aired for six seasons on NBC.

Could it be? Is the Fresh Prince going back to Bel-Air?

The idea was provoked after Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on the beloved '90s sitcom, posted a picture of the original cast reuniting on Instagram Monday.

Will Smith, smiling in the center of the photo, got together with his on-screen family in Nobu, Malibu.

The only one missing was the late James Avery, who had the role of Smith's Uncle Phil. Avery died from surgery complications in 2013.

Alfonso captioned the photo: "Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete."

While the internet went into a meltdown after the photo was shared with the idea of a reboot or spinoff series, fans may not want to get their hopes up.

When Smith was asked just last year about a Fresh-Prince revival, the actor said it would probably happen when "hell freezes over."  

Oh well. I guess we'll just have to live with our nostalgia.

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Viola Davis lecture in Tampa moved to USF Sun Dome

Wow, who knew booking a hugely acclaimed and admired Oscar winner would prove to be so popular?

Do to "extremely popular demand," the University of South Florida is moving its April 4 lecture with actress Viola Davis (Fences, The Help, How to Get Away With Murder) from the Marshall Student Center to the USF Sun Dome. Students who have already secured a ticket are confirmed for a seat at the new venue. All remaining student tickets will be released at 3 p.m. today via this link.

The lectures are free and open to the public, with priority given to students. Considering all the student tickets got snapped up almost immediately, this should allow a few more people from outside the university inside to hear Davis speak.

Click here for all other details on Davis's lecture in Tampa.

-- Jay Cridlin

 

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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Imaginary Mary,' 'Harlots,' S-Town podcast

Erica Tremblay as Bunny, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Jenna Elfman as Alice and Nicholas Coombe as Andy in Imaginary Mary.

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Erica Tremblay as Bunny, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Jenna Elfman as Alice and Nicholas Coombe as Andy in Imaginary Mary.

MONDAY

Cake Wars, 8 p.m., Food Network: Cake artists battle for the change to have their creations as the centerpiece of a party celebrating the new movie Smurfs: The Lost Village. Warning: Lots of blue icing ahead.

Breaking Bad marathon, starts at 9 a.m., AMC: To celebrate the return of Better Call Saul's third season April 10, AMC airs "Best of Saul Goodman" and "Best of Gus Fring" during two Breaking Bad marathon Mondays. The shuffle of episodes featuring the best of Saul (Bob Odenkirk) starts today, and the best of Gus marathon airs April 3.

TUESDAY

Dead Reckoning: War & Justice, 8 p.m., PBS: A three-part examination of the prosecution of war crimes, including genocide and ethnic cleansing, since the end of World War II.

Hulu

Samantha Morton stars in Harlots on Hulu.

WEDNESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Harlots, midnight, Hulu: Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) struggles with being a mother to two daughters and a brothel owner in 18th century London. In 1763, London is a city built on flesh, where one in five women sells sex for money. It's a battle of the brothels in Hulu's newest original series.

Review: Hulu's Harlots explores 18th century prostitution through the 'whore's eye view' …

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In Case You Missed It: Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity he is 'bad for America'; UNC headed to Final Four after last-second game-winning shot; United Airlines bars teenage girls from flight over leggings

North Carolina’s Luke Maye drained the game-winner with 0.3 seconds remaining.

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North Carolina’s Luke Maye drained the game-winner with 0.3 seconds remaining.

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

 

Sean Hannity told he is "bad for America" in fiery interview with Ted Koppel

Veteran newsman Ted Koppel told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he is "bad for America" during a tense interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning" show.

According to the Associated Press, the segment examined the "fake news" phenomenon, polarization of the country and how conservative pundits like Hannity contribute to societal confusion.

The showdown quickly spread across social media.

Hannity fired back, saying his interview was shaved down from 45 minutes to 2 minutes and challenged CBS to air the full version.

 

 

UNC'S Luke Maye hits game-winner to defeat Kentucky

North Carolina is headed to the Final Four for the 20th time.

At the end of an intense game against Kentucky, sophomore Luke Maye hit a thrilling last-second shot to win the Tar Heels the game Sunday night.

Kentucky's Malik Monk hit a three to tie the game with only 7.7 seconds left - but that didn't stop Carolina.  …

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